Penn State says 33 of 35 licensed bars or restaurants in State College are accepting money from the school to close or not sell alcohol on Saturday, an unofficial drinking holiday known as State Patty’s Day.
The university last year offered the businesses a flat $5,000 each to not sell liquor. This year, the school offered businesses between $2,500 and $7,500, depending on their occupancy.
State Patty’s Day began in 2007 when St. Patrick’s Day fell on spring break. The holiday no longer coincides with the break, so students now celebrate on the first Saturday of the break, which is March 1.
Owner Duke Gastiger said his Spats restaurant features fine dining, New Orleans-style, and will be open because customers expect to order wine with dinner. He is, however, accepting $7,500 to close a separate bar he also owns.